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Accepted thumb impression on basis of AIADMK chairman's

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Commission today said it had accepted the left thumb impression of former chief minister affixed on documents relating to a bypoll last year based on a letter by presidium chairman E Madhusudhanan.

The letter had stated was not well and not in a position to sign and hence the left thumb impression was attested by the doctor which can be taken on file, principal secretary of the Commission K F Wilfred said.

Justice P Velmurugan had summoned the official for giving evidence on an plea filed by P Saravanan, candidate for the November 2016 Thirupparankundram assembly bypoll, challenging the election of candidate A K Bose.

When asked by counsel for Saravanan on what basis he had accepted the left thumb impression of the late Jayalalithaa, the official replied that it was based on a the letter on October 26 last year given by Madhusudhanan.

To another question whether the commission checked who authorised Madhusudhanan to give such a letter, the official said "We believed the letter be true."

Posting the matter to October 27, the judge directed Dr Balaji, who attested the thumb impression, to be present in court on that day with all the records.

During the pendency of the case, Saravanan had filed an additional affidavit questioning the validity of the election documents.

He contended that the thumb impression of had been obtained without her consent and knowledge, while she was unconscious with the "connivance" of doctors who attended to the former chief minister, and others.

He had also questioned the decision taken by the EC to accept the left thumb impression of Jayalalithaa affixed on documents filed in support of the nomination papers.

He further submitted that following the attestation, the candidate (Bose) was allowed to contest using 'two leaves' symbol under the 'defective form A and form B' of the documents, which had materially "affected the outcome of the election".

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First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 22:22 IST